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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
June 9 - 22, 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE

Clergy Letter
VBS
Newcomer coffee
Youth choir meeting
Acolytes
Cleanup Day
Cats On Wheels
Christian Ed Survey
Blood drive
General Convention
Patriotic potluck
Talent show
The Journey
Summer meeting
Lemonade Brigade
PA&F focus
  Brickwalk addition
  Maintenance teams
  Ministry focus

OUTREACH OPPORTUNTIES
  MUST build
  Summer Lunch
  Family Promise
  Emmaus House pantry
  Elizabeth Inn dinners
  Why MUST

PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS
  Miss Georgia sendoff
  Olympic wrestler
  Honoring Martha pics
  Bishop election reflections
  Solemn Communion pics
  Letters

In the Community
  Life Line
  Young Adults NW ATL
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CALENDAR
YOUTH NEWS
  Rite 13 Beach Trip
  VBS volunteers
  Braves game
  Elizabeth Inn
  Mothers Day&Pilgrimage pics

Wheel Schedule

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

6/10 – Newcomer/Visitor Breakfast;
Teacher Appreciation Lunch;
MUST Dedication @ Elizabeth Inn;
Acolyte Pool Party @ Meadowgrove

6/12 – Church office closed until 2:00 pm

6/13 – Summer Lunch Making

6/15 – Life Line Screening @ St. Cats

6/16 – Cats On Wheels day trip

6/17-22 – Youth Week @ Kanuga

6/23 – Parish Cleanup Day

6/24 – General Convention Forum

6/25-28 – VBS

6/26 – Blood Drive

6/27 – Elizabeth Inn laundry

6/28 – Elizabeth Inn dinner

6/29-7/1 – Rite 13 Beach Trip

 

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Reflection on the Election of a Bishop

By Amma Susan

On June 2, 2012, history was made by the Diocese of Atlanta and St. Catherine’s played a part in that story. On that day, five lay delegates from St. Catherine’s (Steve Diffley, Marilyn and Tom Hunter, Deborah Hurd, Sally Powers), Jim Nixon+ and I, traveled to St. Philip’s Cathedral to participate in the election of the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Joyce Hendricks, St. Catherine’s member and a member of the Bishop’s nominating committee traveled with us to witness this occasion. We delegates had done due diligence in reading the information published about the candidates for bishop, in attending the walk-abouts to hear the candidates speak and respond to questions and in praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Now the time had arrived to elect.

The election of a bishop takes place within the context of prayer. At 9:30 a.m. we gathered in the cathedral to make Eucharist together. In his sermon, Bishop Alexander spoke of the varied gifts for ministry and of our primary ordination for ministry in the waters of baptism, and then encouraged us to trust the Holy Spirit and each other in this election. Then strengthened by and united in the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ and having prayed for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Session II of the 105th Annual Council was convened by Bishop Alexander. After hearing reports from the Secretary of Council and from the President of the Standing Committee, the bishop gave us the instructions for voting and then led us in prayer. Only then was the first ballot cast and collected by the tellers to be counted.

It takes a simple majority of the votes cast by both the lay order and the order of priests to elect. On the first ballot, of all the candidates, Rob Wright had the greatest number of votes in each of these orders, but no majority in either. With the second ballot, the number rose in both orders, but still no majority. A third ballot was cast but before it could be counted, we took a break for lunch. When we reconvened, the results of the third ballot were read: Number of lay votes cast: 291. Number needed to elect: 146. Number of lay votes for Rob Wright: 185. Number of Clergy votes cast: 172. Number needed to elect: 87. Number of clergy votes cast for Rob Wright: 90. On the third ballot, the diocese of Atlanta elected as her 10th bishop, The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright, the first African-American priest to become a bishop of this diocese.

Immediately after announcing the result, Bishop Alexander led us in singing Hymn 525, The Church’s One Foundation. But I found it difficult to sing as tears of joy and wonder at the power of the Holy Spirit streamed down my face.

Bishop-elect Wright will be ordained bishop October 13 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. May he be, O Lord, a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries. Amen.

God Bless,
Amma Susan+


VBS space almost full!

Vacation Bible School is Monday through Thursday, June 25-28, 1:00-4:00 pm. The program is open to children ages 4 by July 1st, through rising 5th graders. Cost is $25 per child if paid by June 10, $35 after. We welcome adult and youth volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week. Registration forms are available in the foyer or preschool, or download a form at www.stcatherines.org/forms/vbs-registration-form2012.pdf. For questions or to volunteer contact stcatsvbslive.com.

Please note our VBS is 4 days (Monday through Thursday) in anticipation of the July 4th week. Email questions or to volunteer – stcatsvbslive.com. Thank you and we look forward to sharing our Sky theme with your children this summer!

Supplies donations needed by June 22!

Everyone is invited to support our VBS by helping with supplies for the week. Please take a "cloud" from our Sky VBS bulletin board in the foyer at the top of the grand stairs which lists a needed food, craft or other item. Be sure to sign on the board which "cloud" you've taken, then bring all items to church by Friday, June 22. Thank you for your generous support!


Newcomer/Visitor Welcoming Breakfast

Sunday, June 10

All newcomers and visitors at St. Catherine's are cordially invited to a "get acquainted" session. Join us 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall over coffee and/or breakfast, with conversation about our programs, services and ministries. This is a social as well as informative gathering. Clergy and lay leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have. No reservations needed, please come.


Youth Choir exploratory meeting Sunday, June 17

By Father Jim

Director of Music Brian Williams, Organist Jana Williams and I invite parents and all interested adults to join us on Sunday, June 17 in the Parish Hall between services at 9:15 am to explore the future of our youth choir ministry at St. Catherine’s. We are interested in listening to your reflections about what has been and what you foresee in the future. I have said to the Vestry and to others that my commitment is to sustain this ministry and to explore new ways that it may thrive in our midst. I am deeply grateful to Martha Bowden for 22 years of love and care for our youth at St. Catherine’s. I see her retirement as a transition in our life rather than an ending of a ministry. It is a transition that allows us to step back from the choir and take a good look at what opportunities we have in the future.

I hope you will make every effort to join us to have this conversation. I look forward both to our conversation and to the opportunities that lie ahead of us in providing a music ministry for our children and youth.


Acolytes – service and fun!

By Bob Olliffe and Barbara Barrington

Acolyte Pool Party Sunday, June 10

Join us from 4 to 8 pm at Meadowgrove Pool and Clubhouse, 2850 Meadowgrove Way, Marietta. Please bring a side dish to share. Contact Barbara Barrington barbbarringyahoo.com or Bob Olliffe oliffebellsouth.net to RSVP with the number of persons attending.

New acolytes - sign up now

Would your son or daughter like to become an acolyte? We are looking for young members of our congregation who are willing to serve in this wonderful ministry. The requirements are few for such a rewarding experience. While there is no specific minimum age, typically the youngest are 8 or 9 years old when they start as torch bearers. As long as they can meet the following basic qualifications, they are welcome to join:

  • Sit quietly and attentively during the service
  • Follow the bulletin and fully participating in the service
  • Have a personal desire to serve in this position

Written instructions as well as walk-through training are provided. If you have questions or would like to sign your child up, please check the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact one of the Acolyte Co-Masters, Barbara Barrington or Bob Olliffe. We look forward to hearing from you! Bob, 770-377-0137, oliffebellsouth.net / Barbara 770-906-8746, barbbarringyahoo.com


Parish Cleanup Day Saturday, June 23 – for everyone!

By Father Jim

Do you come to St. Catherine's to worship, sing, pray, meditate, contemplate, study, learn, grow, be fed (spiritually and physically), be challenged, make friends, laugh, smile, cry...? If you answered YES to any of these questions you are wanted, and needed at the Parish Clean Up Day, starting at 9 am and concluding at noon with lunch served by the Parish Life and Fellowship Ministry Team.

St. Catherine's parish needs your hands and your energy. We will be working inside. Staff and ministry team leaders will guide everyone in clean-up and spruce-up all around the buildings. This is your opportunity to give back and instantly be rewarded for your time and talents. My mother always said, "Many hands make light work." Your hands are needed June 23, starting at 9:00 am.


Cats On Wheels day trip Saturday, June 16

By Alan Certain

Cats on Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!

On June 16, Cats on Wheels is off on a day trip to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga! We’ll depart the St. Catherine’s parking lot at 8:00 a.m. On the way, we’ll take a side trip to Chatsworth, Georgia, to the Chief Van House Historic Site at New Echota, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. We’ll arrive in Chattanooga in time for Dutch-treat lunch. The feature of the trip is the Tennessee Aquarium. It is not as large as the (world’s largest) Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, but it is very interesting and has been voted the family-favorite aquarium in America several years.

The cost for this trip is just $35 per person, which includes:

  • Admission to the Tennessee Aquarium
  • Admission to the Chief Vann house
  • Transportation by church van
  • Lunch cost is additional
  • The aquarium also sports an Imax Theater. If you purchase an Imax ticket with the aquarium admission, it is just $6.00 extra.

Please reserve your space by Thursday, June 14—sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.


Christian Education Survey

Your input needed by Sunday, June 17!

What do you wonder about? What skills would you like to develop to help you in your faith journey? How can we best serve your Christian Education needs? Your input is important on our Adult Christian Education survey. What we hear through this survey will help us serve you in providing the adult Church School, Wednesday Night Live, and other Christian education offerings you would like at St. Catherine's. Please look for a form at church, or download a form from our website which you can fill out on screen and then print. Please return all surveys to the office by June 17.

Get the form now:www.stcatherines.org/forms/adult-christian-ed-survey.pdf.


Blood Drive next date: Tuesday, June 26

The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals! And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

Our June blood drive will be held 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Youth House (due to Vacation Bible School using the Parish Hall this date). You can schedule an appointment by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.


General Convention Forums

Sundays - June 24, July 8, July 15

By Father Jim

In anticipation of General Convention this summer, Fr. Jim will offer three Sunday morning forums to discuss many of the likely actions of the Convention. Meeting at 9:15 am on three Sunday mornings, June 24, July 8 and July 15 in the Parish Hall, we will be able to anticipate the workings of the Convention before, during and immediately after the meetings. These will be opportunities not just to present the business of the Convention but for us to discuss and ask questions concerning some of the more potentially controversial actions likely to be reported on by local and national media.

The Episcopal Church will meet this summer in Indianapolis at its 77th General Convention July 5-12. The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church. The Convention is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies, which has more than 800 members, and the House of Bishops, which is comprised of nearly 300 active and retired bishops. The Convention meets every three years and has the authority to amend the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church; adopt the budget for the church for the next three years; authorize liturgical texts and amend the Book of Common Prayer; adopt communions and covenants with other churches; set qualifications for orders of ministry and office-holders; elect officers of the General Convention, the Executive Council, and members of boards; and delegate responsibilities to the committees, commissions, agencies, and boards of the Episcopal Church. You can read more by going to the Convention’s website at www.generalconvention.org. The Diocese of Atlanta’s deputation can be found at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/2009_General_Convention_Delegates.asp

Join us in the Parish Hall on Sundays, June 24 and July 8 and 15 and be sure to bring your questions and observations about the work before our Bishops and Delegates to the General Convention.


Rally round the Parish Hall for a Patriotic Potluck Brunch

Sunday, July 1

By Margaret Shaw

If you were at church on New Year’s Day 2012, you know what a great time we have at a potluck! We decided to do it again (6 months later, to the day!), and invite you to a Patriotic Potluck Brunch between services on Sunday, July 1. Bring a summer brunch dish to share between services. Think fruits, muffins, coffee cakes, deviled eggs—yummm! Coffee, juice, milk and cereal will be provided. Bring your dish and your appetite to the Parish Hall, 9:15-10:15 am on Sunday, July 1. No sign up is needed, all invited.


St. Cat’s Got Talent: Parish Talent Show July 21

By Mike Peterson

The Parish Life & Fellowship Committee and the St. Catherine’s Youth Program are excited to host the St Catherine’s Talent and Variety Show on Saturday, July 21! The evening will begin with a potluck dinner in the parish hall at 6 PM which will be followed by the show in the sanctuary at 7 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome and encouraged to come. Do you have a talent you would like to share? Whether you have the voice of Luciano Pavarotti, can dance like Michael Jackson, just learned your first three chords on the ukulele, or you simply have a really great story to tell, performers of all ages are encouraged to participate! Whether you plan on performing or not, go ahead and mark July 21 on your calendar and prepare to be entertained.

If you have an act that you would like to share, please contact Mike Peterson at mike.petersonbellsouth.net. For further information on this event contact Mike, or Pat Pepper at ppepper97bellsouth.net.


“The Journey” (Inquirers 501)

By Amma Susan+

The Journey is St. Catherine’s process designed especially for adults who want to explore their questions about God and the church, for adults interested in becoming members of the Episcopal Church and for adults seeking to be baptized or confirmed. Beginning September 16 and meeting on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm, The Journey participants will explore their faith in community with others new and old to St. Catherine’s, gain spiritual tools for their faith journey, learn about the Episcopal Church, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, discern their gifts for ministry, all while enjoying fellowship, small group interaction and worship together.

Registration for The Journey has begun. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the process, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or call The Rev. Susan Johnson (770-971-2839).


Summer Parish Meeting - July 29

By Father Jim

It has become our custom at St. Catherine’s to gather at an informal Summer Parish Meeting mid summer. We have planned this meeting for Sunday, July 29 at 9:15 am in the Sanctuary. Our Winter Annual Meeting is so filled with business that we often don’t get the chance to talk with one another. This summer opportunity, thus, gives us an opportunity to spend an hour together simply looking at the state of St. Catherine’s and the opportunities and challenges which face us over the coming months.

Please do plan to be a part of this conversation by marking you calendars for July 29 at 9:15 am.


Lemonade Brigade needs you

It’s a fun way to meet people! The Lemonade Brigade serves refreshments (lemonade, water, cookies) after Sunday services under the Great Oak. Help is needed to work one service time on a rotation schedule—if we have enough volunteers you'll only work one or two days this summer. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Eleanor Pearson or Pat Pepper.


Parish Adminstration and Facilities at work

  • BrickWalk addition - are you interested in another brick??

Many parishioners have inquired if there will be more bricks available for the BrickWalk under the Big Oak Tree in front of the church. We can expand the BrickWalk if we get orders for another 50 bricks. A parishioner is working on a design for the addition. We don’t need your order at this time, we just wish to know how many parishioners would like to be a part of the extended BrickWalk.

If you’d like to order a brick (or two or three) please let us know by checking the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey at massey.jmgmail.com. Each engraved brick is 8”x8” and costs $50. The BrickWalk addition will be installed in the fall.

  • Maintenance Teams - help needed

Do you have some great “honey-do” skills? We are forming maintenance teams to work around the church at small projects such as changing light bulbs or furnace filters, small painting jobs or exterior building repairs. Each team will work with one of our key maintenance team members; Al Jones, Jason Snape, Alan Certain, Roger Motter, etc. to ensure that regular and routine work is performed over the course of the year. Interested? If so, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact one of these persons, and we’ll be in touch.

  • About PA & F

One of the Foundational Goals of our St. Catherine's strategic plan focuses on Building, Grounds & Technology. This month we celebrate the life and work of our Parish Adminstration and Facilities Ministry Team which is highly concerned with this goal. This team is responsible for the effective operation, maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings; the development and upkeep of the grounds and landscaping; and the extensive communication systems including the church computer network, building AV services, maintenance of the St. Catherine's website, publication of The Wheel newsletter and Parish Announcements weekly emails, and much more. For information about getting involved in their activities please contact team convener Al Jones.


OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

MUST Building Dedication Sunday, June 10

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me. —Matthew 25:35-36a

You are cordially invited to celebrate the work of The Covenant of Churches, including St. Catherine’s, at the Elizabeth Inn Daily Outreach Building Dedication Sunday, June 10 at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn Campus, 55 Elizabeth Church Road, Marietta, Georgia. Tours of the new building will be conducted at 2:00 pm, the Dedication Ceremony & Recognition begins at 2:30 pm. All volunteer workers are invited to a reception immediately following at the home of Fred and Jennifer Massey, 1850 High Trail, Atlanta, GA 30339. It will be a great day for all those who have worked so hard to bring this building to completion. See the article about the article about the project on the East Cobb Patch site at eastcobb.patch.com/articles/east-cobb-churches-help-must ! Congratulations!

 

Make lunches for MUST Summer Lunch Program

Wednesdays, June 13 and August 1, 10 am

St. Catherine’s will make 1,000 lunches for MUST’s Summer Lunch program on two dates this summer: Wednesday, June 13 and Wednesday, August 1. Both times will take place starting at 10 am in the Parish Hall. With many hands it’s a surprisingly quick job—based on last summer’s experience it will take no more than two hours. Volunteers will prepare and pack the lunches, no food donations are needed. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.

Watch the great video (right) about MUST Summer Lunch on the MUST YouTube channel! The MUST Summer Lunch Program delivers free, nutritious lunches to children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year, Monday through Friday all summer long in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett communities. For complete information about the program visit www.mustministries.org/summerlunch.html .

Boxes needed: We need medium-to-large cardboard boxes to transport the lunches after they are assembled. Please put them in the Parish Hall in the corner where chairs are stored, by June 12.

"Family Promise" meeting Thursday, June 28 – at St. Catherine’s!

We are exploring possible St. Cat’s participation with Family Promise, an organization which networks resources to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families on a rotating basis. The next meeting is 7:00-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall at St. Catherine’s. Please come to hear about ways we can consider getting involved. Information about the organization is available at www.familypromise.org.

 

Emmaus House food pantry collection success

By Hale Sanders

St. Catherine’s parishioners donated much food to the Emmaus House during the month of May. The food was delivered to their food pantry on June 1. Emmaus House is located on Hank Aaron Way just south of Turner Field and provides food and other services to the people in the surrounding community. The food pantry workers were very appreciative of our donations. [See the note in the Letters section of this newsletter from their Director of Adult and Family Services.] Thank you, St. Catherine’s, for your generosity!

Photos, right -- all your donations happily received at Emmaus House! (by Hale Sanders)

Elizabeth Inn –Thank you, Dinner Teams!

By Connie Bergeron

Many, many thanks to this month's volunteers, and to everyone who helps with Elizabeth Inn dinners throughout the year! May 28th dinner supporters / servers included Ron & Connie Bergeron, Margaret Shaw, Linda Smith, Claire Harrison, Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Marcia and Emma Marquette, and Hale Sanders. As Marcia said at the end of dinner, "It's a blessing to be there. Always lessons to learn and smiles to share. I am proud of the food we serve. Yes, they love that menu and are delighted and appreciative when plates are filled. On the way home, Emma's comment was that she wanted each and every person to have plates so full, they'd be overflowing if anyone wanted. To know, in the food department, abundance is there."

Volunteers so far this year also include:

  • April 28th - Many thanks to St Cat's Daughters of the King for their generous gifts of time, talent and yummy food for Elizabeth Inn's guests
  • March 28th - Mike Peterson and St. Catherine's Youth did an amazing job of serving a grilled, cook-out dinner
  • February 28th - Dinner Team included Tracy Buckalew, Barbara Garner, Katie Carswell, Karen Blakey, Randy Farmer, and Joni House
  • January 28th - Kudos to St. Cat's Altar and Flower Guilds for the abundant dinner provided by Linda Snape, Joan Thurston, Nancy Certain, Marlene Stuart, Pat Pepper, Judith Phillips, Dani Dickson, Karen Manno, Carol Starr, Shirley Day, Emily Gale, Anita Gardner, Linda Smith, Barb Selby, Sally Powers; and served with smiles by Marcia Markette, Deana & Eric Delabarre, Susan Heuke, Linda Smith, Betsy Broda and Pam Phillips

As Tracy Buckalew said recently, "The guests always remark on the feast that Saint Catherine’s provides. I love watching their delight as they pick up their plates. Thank you for making this possible!" Photos below are from the May 28 dinner date (by Connie Bergeron).

Why MUST?

In keeping with St. Catherine’s Holy Conversations Outreach Objective of providing education and awareness of the service and outreach needs of the community, the Outreach Ministry Team is providing a monthly article in The Wheel about interesting volunteer activities in the community. See the Outreach Objectives at Holy Conversations Long Term Plan www.stcatherines.org/longtermplan2012.pdf .

By Frederick A. Massey, Sr:

Twenty years ago I went to help the St. Catherine’s Youth Group serve dinner at the MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn (the Cobb County homeless shelter). I was accompanied by our then two Youth Leaders, Ginny Snead and Scott Lummus, and the youth. After all the Elizabeth Inn “guests” had been served, the Youth Leaders asked the youth to sit among the guests and share in conversation. While standing behind the service counter waiting to serve seconds, a young man entered the dining hall and inquired whether or not there was food left for him to eat. He stated he hadn't eaten in three days. Knowing that I can't survive three hours without food, and seeing the look on this man's face, I realized this young man was the voice of Jesus Christ speaking to me. He was thanking me for being there and serving those less fortunate. That's when I pledged to be a regular part of the life at MUST Ministries.

St. Cat’s has been a part of the MUST family of supporters for over 20 years. We contribute monetarily to their annual budget, we serve dinner on the 28th of each month, and we help do laundry (the fourth Tuesday and fifth Wednesday of each month). The dinner menu is preset, with volunteers needed for only 3 hours, with no clean up required. There is no training required for doing laundry, and you're usually home before Jay Leno. Laundry hours are approximately 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Additionally, once a month (the third Wednesday) Father Jim leads a team who prepare breakfast. Arrival time is 5:30 am, breakfast is served by 6:45 am, and you're home or on your way to work by 7:15 am (the menu is set with no clean up required).

In 2011 / 2012 St. Cat’s became the lead church to coordinate rebuilding a new day facility center. Along with the Covenant of Churches, a 2,100 square foot facility was constructed by volunteers to serve as a clothes pantry, with showers/bathrooms, for the homeless who do not overnight at the Elizabeth Inn. The funds for this build were donated by the Covenant of Churches. This building will be dedicated on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 PM. All St. Cat’s parishioners are invited at this celebration.

During the summer, St Cat’s will once again participate in the MUST Summer Lunch Program, supplying bag lunches to children in Cobb County. 1,000 lunches will be prepared at each event and delivered to First Baptist Smyrna for distribution the next day. St Cat’s will prepare lunches on Wednesday, June 13 and Wednesday, August 1. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and package the lunches. The items for this summer's events are being donated (therefore no purchase necessary). Last year this took only one and a half to two hours of volunteers’ time. We will start at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall on both days.

Volunteering to help St. Cat’s serve at MUST can take an hour, or two, or three, or six. No commitment is required (you can volunteer once, twice, or as many times as you like). It only takes a willing soul to make a difference in someone’s life. When you volunteer at MUST, will YOU experience Jesus Christ like I did? I can’t answer that question, but isn’t it worth finding out?


PEOPLE AND REFLECTIONS

Miss Georgia contestants

Best wishes to Kelly Donoghue and Stephanie Burkholder as both girls head to Columbus, Georgia on June 16 to compete in the Miss Georgia (Stephanie) and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen (Kelly) Pageants. A send-off party was held at the church on June 7 for cake and your well-wishes for them -- if you'd still like to write messages for them, see the table in the foyer on Sunday, June 10. See information about these pageants on the website at www.missga.org .

Sue Jones' nephew Olympic wrester

Congratulations to Sue Jones' great nephew (Cassie's first cousin), Ben Provisor of Colorado Springs, who has qualified to represent the United States in the London Olympics this summer. He is a Greco-Roman wrestler at 74Kg and just recently defeated the 2008 Gold Medalist in an exhibition match at the Curby Cup in Chicago. You can read more on his web site www.BenProvisor.com. To help Ben and his family with his Olympic dream, Sue is selling wrist bands for $5.00, if you are interested please contact Sue at 770-565-1013 or at 4suebellsouth.net.

Honoring Martha

We honored Martha Bowden on May 13 on the occasion of her retirement from 22 years as Director of our Youth Choir. Many of her former students came to join in an anthem during the 8:30 service, then a gala reception was held in the Parish Hall. Many thanks to Francis Bowden, Tami Mace, and everyone who helped on this very special occasion. (Photos by Connie Bergeron)

Reflections on Election of the Bishop

From our lay delegates to the electing council...

 

By Sally Powers: When I reflect on the June 2 election, one word comes immediately to mind: gratitude.

I’m truly grateful that I was chosen to be a delegate from St. Catherine’s. My gratitude goes to all the committees which worked long, long hours (including our own Joyce Hendrix) to bring us a slate of candidates, any one of whom would have been an outstanding bishop. Additionally, I am grateful to those candidates who willingly offered themselves for election to what must be an overwhelming job.

Lastly, thanks be to God and to the Holy Spirit for guiding us as delegates. We sincerely believe that The Very Rev. Robert Wright is the best choice to be the 10th Bishop of Atlanta and to lead our diocese into the future.

 

By Deborah Hurd: I was at the Cathedral on June 2 for the third day of Council. Our purpose in meeting for a third day was to elect a new bishop to replace Bishop Alexander. You probably know Bishop Alexander is resigning.

I found deciding who I would vote for was quite difficult. Five candidates were selected by the committee charged with that task. An additional candidate was added by petition. I read the written answers from all six. No one stood out to me as being the one I would most likely vote for. I watched their short videos on the web. I went to the walkabout at St. David’s in Roswell. I was hoping I could find out more about them and their style of leadership. I wanted to see how they interacted with people. I got more of an idea from that of who I thought was not likely to be the one. I tried to remain open to what the Spirit might be telling me throughout the process. That is not a particularly easy thing for me either. I tend to want to tell God what I think and hope that God will rubberstamp whatever I decide.

I thought for a long time about what I know of the needs of the diocese including those that I heard about for the first time during this process. I thought about the role of the bishop. I wanted to see someone who would be able to handle the administration aspect, but the role of spiritual leader was the most critical to me. The role of spiritual leader is two-part need. A person who is strong spiritually may not be a good leader and vice versa. I prayed about what would be the most faithful way for me to vote. I like going to Council for a lot of reasons including the chance to see people I know but do not see often elsewhere. This day was different for me. I felt the seriousness of the task we had to perform in a way that was much more real to me than any other time that I have been to Council.

The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright was elected. He will be consecrated on October 13, 2012. My prayer is that he will listen to God’s voice as he leads us in this next phase of the diocese’s life.

 

By Tom Hunter: I have never before been involved in a convention to elect a Bishop and I was a little intimidated. Five hundred clergy and lay people were asked to make their choice for the next Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta from a list of very qualified candidates. The selection we would make would shape the activities of the Diocese for many years to come. The effects would be felt from our local parishes to the national church and beyond to the international Anglican Communion. Given the turmoil of the recent past and the prospects for the future this seemed to me to be a particularly important choice. The list of candidates seemed to offer us clear alternatives of enthusiastic activism and business as usual. After three ballots we chose Rev. Robert Wright, a definite choice for enthusiastic action. I am proud of our choice and I will be fascinated to see what the impact of that selection will be over the next several years.

Solemn Communion on May 13

Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children celebrated solemn communion at the 8:30 worship service on May 13. The children had prepared for this day with lots of study and a retreat day on May 12. Congratulations to all of them and their families, and thank you to the Catechesis teachers and our clergy for all your work in their preparation. (Photos by Connie Bergeron)

Letters

Dear St. Catherine’s family,

Thank you for all of the love and support given to me following my recent surgery. Your prayers, visits, calls, cards, food and flowers were all greatly appreciated. The generous and caring spirit of my St. Catherine’s family has always helped me through life’s difficulties.

With love and appreciation,
Diane Sanders

[Dear St. Catherine’s]

I just wanted to send a personal thank you for all of the food that you were able to collect this past month. The food came in on Friday and we will be able to use the food when we make our bags to give out next week. It was such a blessing to see your congregation’s generosity.

Thanks again,

Katie Bates, Director of Adult and Family Services, Emmaus House


IN THE COMMUNITY

Life Line Screening June 15 at St. Catherine’s

Life Line Screening will be at St. Catherine's on Friday, June 15 offering five non-invasive preventive health screenings. Appointments are required, call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners. These screenings may be recommended for anyone 50 and older, or 40 and over with cardiovascular risk factors. They are non-invasive ultrasound, painless and take 60-90 minutes to complete. The results are mailed directly to you. Cost for one screening $60, or all 5 for $149.00.

 

Episcopal Young Adults of NW ATL - next meeting Thursday, June 21

Interested in getting to know other Episcopalians your age around the northwest Atlanta area? Come spend an evening with other young adults (18-35, married & single) Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Marietta Pizza Company on the Marietta Square, www.mariettapizza.com. Come on out for pizza and casual conversation, we'd love to get to know you! Contact Lauren Wainwright 256-477-2166, or Frances Bowden 770-403-0043, or email nwatlantayoungadultsgmail.com if you have any questions.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock

FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

FOR THE SICK: James Day, Mary Ann, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Sandy Curran, Paul Beswick, Alycen Widdon, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Joanne Pinkney, Page Loyd, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Holly, Bea Tolley, Lynn McDowell, Angie Henson, Snow Lucchosi, Joe Tarentino, Gloria, Shirley Burland, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Gordon, Bill Falinski, Pete Smith, Rod Deutscher, Ruth Jones, Joan Unger, Carol Viering, Linda Steiner, Denise, Mare, Audrey Brunett, Alvira Silva, Travis Thompson, Inez Free, Barbara Kallas, Bill Lewis, Doug Guedry, Charles Williams, Sybil Carr, Robby Perry, Katie and parents Barb & Dale Braman, Wil Fambrough, Frances Short, The Rev. Mona Gaulette, Maddie Billingsley, Hector Quiles, Mick Phillips, Clara Bowen, Jim Greene, Caroline Brennan, Margaret White, Karl Nelson, Tyler James, Doris Samples, Rosemary McIntire, Lake Bozman, Peggy Conlan, Gwen Moody & family, Penny, Mit FitzSimons, Kati Toft, Laurel Glidewell, Al Jones, Michael

BEFORE SURGERY: Patti Sousa, 6/29/12

DECEASED: Walter & Theo, Katja Michael’s uncles; Barbara Starnes, co-worker of Ellis Kilgore’s mother; Ann Lenk, co-worker of Michelle Zimmerman; Shannon Mosier, ex-daughter-in-law, of former parishioner, Sallie Sompayrac.

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (6/9) Paul Maxwell, Abigail McCoy, Harriett Pyburn, (6/10) Leah Banko, Bourke Brennan, Robert Dailey (6/11) Naomi Morris (6/12) Justice Mace (6/13) Jason Tindall (6/14) Eugene Potter (6/15) Frannie Hitchins, Jennifer Buckalew (6/17) Becky Ban, Paul Manno, Michael Dillson, Elyse Tindall (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Corey Acocella, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape, Medeline Thorn (6/20) Carroll Mitchell, Jim Rawls (6/21) Frederick Tuemmler, Julie Fulcher

ANNIVERSARIES: (6/11) Jim & Bobbye Greene; (6/12) Bruce & Barbara Perry; (6/15) Chris & Christy Jones; (6/17) Bill & Elaine Krupp; (6/19) David & Molly Banko; (6/21) Scott & Michelle Parisi; Steve & Kitty Diffley; (6/22) Richard & Linda Carter

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (6/10) Fred, Jennifer & Sara-Alison Massey; Jim & Nancy Mattox; Al, Karen, Katherine & Paul Maxwell; Marilyn May; Eddie, Anna, Emma & Abigail McCoy; (6/17) Theresa McEvily, Connor & McCall Kimball, McKenzie Kimble; Will, Suzanne, Jacob & Bradley McGhee; Walt & Gail McGill; David & Emilie McLaughlin; Christina & Josh McLean

HELP US HELP YOU

Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.


St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • July 1 – Patriotic Potluck Brunch, 9:15 am
  • July 5-12 – 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • July 29 – Summer Parish Meeting, 9:15 am
  • August 7 – Quarterly Ministry Teams meeting, 7:00 pm
  • August 12, 19, 26 – Country Fair, 9:15 am

Holy Baptism: next scheduled date - Sunday, November 4 (All Saint's)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are the next two weeks of events and activities and is correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 6/9 Saturday, 6/16

 

 

8:00AM
8:30AM

Cats on Wheels @ Chattanooga
CGS Level 1

Sunday, 6/10 Sunday, 6/17

7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
9:15AM
10:30AM
12:00PM
2:00PM
 
4:00PM

Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Men’s Bible Study
Newcomer/Visitor Breakfast
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Teacher Appreciation Lunch
MUST Build Dedication
  @ Elizabeth Inn
Acolyte Pool Party
  @ Meadowgrove pool

17th-22nd
7:30AM
8:00AM
9:00AM
10:30AM

Youth Week @ Kanuga
Coffee Time
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Breakfast
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Monday, 6/11 Monday, 6/18
 
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Boy Scout Troop 713

 
6:30PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Susan’s day off
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 6/12 Tuesday, 6/19

 
8:30AM
7:00PM
7:00PM
7:30PM

Office closed till 2 PM
Staff Calendaring
PL & F
Youth Ministry
Outreach Meeting

10:00AM
10:30AM
7:30PM
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 6/13 Wednesday, 6/20

10:00AM
6:00PM

MUST Sandwich making
Youth WNL

9:30AM
6:00PM

Bible Study
Youth WNL

Thursday, 6/14 Thursday, 6/21
6:00PM Finance 8:30AM Stewardship
Friday, 6/15 Friday, 6/22
 
6:30AM
8:15AM
10:00AM
8:00PM
Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Life Line
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.
 
6:30AM
10:00AM
8:00PM

Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A.


YOUTH NEWS

By Mike Peterson, mike.petersonbellsouth.net

Rite 13 Beach Trip - reserve by June 10

Hey Rite 13ers, don't forget that your Beach Trip forms and $ are due. I have forms from several of you already, but I know that you ALL want to come, so get your stuff turned in! Pick up a registration form at church or download from our website at www.stcatherines.org/forms/Rite13BeachTrip-2012.pdf. Return it with your payment.

 

VBS Volunteer Meeting, June 13 at 6 PM

We will be holding an important meeting for all of the youth volunteers who will be helping out with Vacation Bible School at 6 PM next Wednesday, June 13 in the Youth House. If you are planning on helping with VBS but are unable to attend, please contact Mike as soon as possible. This meeting will occur in place of WNL, so there will be… no Wednesday Night Live this date – we will be holding the VBS volunteer meeting in its place.

 

Vacation Bible School needs YOU!

St. Catherine’s will be running our annual Vacation Bible School from June 25-28, 1-4 PM each day. Your help is still needed! Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can vouch for how much fun it is! It’s truly a great way to spread God’s love to the youngest of His children and involves an entire array of different people from the congregation. There’s also a pizza party at the end of the week for all youth volunteers. If you would like to participate and help run Vacation Bible School, please notify Laurie Dirksen at 770-321-9544 or thedirksenfamilybellsouth.net as soon as possible. I’ll see you there!

 

St. Cat’s Youth visit the Atlanta Braves!

One of our fun Wednesday Night Live activities this summer will be a trip to see the Atlanta Braves take on Miami on Wednesday, August 1 and it will only cost $10! I have 20 tickets available at this price and will reserve them for you on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can reserve your spot by getting your payment in to me. After 20 spots are full, I will probably still be able to get tickets at a highly discounted rate, but I will not be able to guarantee that the seats will be in the same section as the rest of us, so get your payment in quickly! We will arrange for transportation to be offered from St. Catherine’s to/from Turner Field.

 

Youth serving at Elizabeth Inn on June 28

The St. Cat’s Youth will be serving dinner at Elizabeth Inn, an emergency shelter for those in need, on Thursday, June 28. Make sure you mark the date on your calendar! We always have a good time grilling burgers & dogs, serving food, and meeting new people.

 

Handing out flowers on Mother's Day

Photos by Connie Bergeron

Pura Vida! The J2A Costa Rica Pilgrimage

Our pilgrims have returned -- see lots of pictures in the photo album on the St. Cat's Youth Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StCatherinesYouth/photos


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 22
  • July 6
  • July 27

The Wheel is published two times per month, usually on Fridays. Beginning February 1, 2012 all editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table.

We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: Karenstcatherines.org or 770-973-8668

 

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